The capital of Norway, Oslo is a bustling, contemporary city tucked between forests and the ocean. While its long history dates back to the Viking king Harald Hardrada, it also offers a rich modern culture, significant museums, art galleries and readily available access to pristine natural settings.
Oslo has been a centre of global commerce for many centuries and part of this history can be explored at the Fram Museum. Dedicated to the strongest wooden ship ever made, the museum explores the true story of the ice-defying polar exploration ship Fram. Experience what it was like to travel to the Arctic with the crew of the Fram in the museum's polar simulator.
Fans of classical arts should visit the famous Oslo Opera House to take in its rich and varied programmes. Headquartered in the Opera House, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet puts on shows throughout the year.
For families with children, a visit to the TusenFryd Amusement Park is definitely in order. This huge amusement park has more than thirty attractions, including rollercoasters, carousels and a log ride. During the summer months, a waterpark with waterslide and swimming river is also available.
The Akershus Castle and Fortress has overlooked Oslo since the 13th century and has never been breached. While it's still protected by His Majesty the King's Guard, it is also open to the public during the day. In addition, it regularly hosts dinners for visiting heads of state and other dignitaries.
Adrenaline junkies will want to see the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the world's only steel slope, with its nearly 400 metre drop. Popular with tourists and as a wedding destination, the facility also houses a Ski Museum that includes dioramas of polar bears and exploits of explorer Roald Amundsen.